Research Careers at MPI-SWS

The institute offers opportunities for research careers at all levels

Current openings for faculty positions, post-doctoral positions, and internships are listed below.

The institute offers both short- and long-term visiting appointments for qualified scholars who wish to spend time at the institute. Interested individuals should contact the faculty member concerned.

Tenure-track Openings

Tenure-track Openings at Max Planck Institutes in Computer Science

The Max Planck Institutes for Informatics (Saarbruecken), Software Systems (Saarbruecken and Kaiserslautern), and Security and Privacy (Bochum), invite applications for tenure-track faculty in all areas of computer science. Pending final approval, we expect to fill several positions.

A doctoral degree in computer science or related areas and an outstanding research record are required. Successful candidates are expected to build a team and pursue a highly visible research agenda, both independently and in collaboration with other groups.

The institutes are part of a network of over 80 Max Planck Institutes, Germany's premier basic-research organisations. MPIs have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, and the humanities. The institutes offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of a university department and a research laboratory: Faculty enjoy full academic freedom, lead a team of doctoral students and post-docs, and have the opportunity to teach university courses; at the same time, they enjoy ongoing institutional funding in addition to third-party funds, a technical infrastructure unrivaled for an academic institution, as well as internationally competitive compensation.

We maintain an international and diverse work environment and seek applications from outstanding researchers worldwide. The working language is English; knowledge of the German language is not required for a successful career at the institutes.

Qualified candidates should apply on our application website ( To receive full consideration, applications should be received by December 15th, 2019.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its workforce. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.

The initial tenure-track appointment is for five years; it can be extended to seven years based on a midterm evaluation in the fourth year. A permanent contract can be awarded upon a successful tenure evaluation in the sixth year.

Postdoctoral positions

The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) has multiple openings for Postdoctoral Fellows in the areas of programming languages & verification, distributed & mobile systems, real-time & embedded systems, security & privacy, natural language processing, and social computing.

Postdoctoral Fellows have the opportunity to work with MPI-SWS faculty on existing lines of research, as well as develop their own research agenda under MPI-SWS faculty supervision. Former Postdoctoral Fellows have moved on to take permanent position at top universities and research laboratories worldwide, including Yale, Telecom ParisTech, Microsoft Research and INRIA.

MPI-SWS is a publicly funded academic research institution focused on problems of fundamental importance in the broad area of software systems. The institute currently has 11 faculty and about 45 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and continues to grow. MPI-SWS is located in Kaiserslautern and Saarbruecken, Germany, in the tri-border area of Germany, France, and Luxembourg. The area offers a high standard of living, beautiful surroundings, and easy access to major metropolitan areas in central Europe.

The institute is committed to increasing the representation of minorities, women and individuals with physical disabilities in computer science. We particularly encourage such individuals to apply.


Internships provide an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects at the MPI for Software Systems. Interns are expected to tackle new and challenging research problems in close collaboration with graduate students and faculty at the institute. Successful internships often result in coauthored publications at top academic conferences.

Only a limited number of internship positions are available each year, and admissions are very competitive. Candidates are selected based on their academic achievements (e.g., honors, course grades, prior project experience) as well as their interest and motivation in pursuing original research in different areas of software systems. Selection process might also involve a phone interview with promising candidates.

Selected applicants receive monthly stipends during their stay. They are provided free housing by the institute, and are reimbursed for their travel expenses to the institute.

Our internships are usually 12 to 14 weeks long. Longer internships are possible in some cases. We welcome interns round the year, but most of our interns prefer the summer months (May-August).

Most common questions about our internship program are answered in the FAQ.

Interested candidates can apply by clicking the Apply button below. We have three deadlines every year: April 30, August 31 and December 31. Please apply by a deadline that is at least four months ahead of the date on which you wish to start your internship. In particular, candidates interested in an internship during the summer (starting dates from May to August) must apply by December 31 of the previous calendar year. You will be notified of the results of your application within four months of the deadline to which you applied.

Questions? Before contacting us, please read the FAQ. Your question may already be answered there. If not, feel free to contact us at or +49 631 9303-6050.